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Old March 4th, 2014, 03:11 PM   #181
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http://nypost.com/2014/02/26/rfr-fin...-luxury-tower/

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Old March 4th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #182
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Foster's skinny skyscraper underway besides Mies' Seagram Building

Dezeen (also) reports the groundbreaking with a little press blurb and three high quality images.

I think that I have seen two of the images in this thread before. But perhaps not this one:



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Old March 4th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #183
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Work finally starts on Fosters' new Seagram neighbour
http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/n...ontentID=9529#

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When the proposal was first in 2006 unveiled it came in for criticism from Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of Samuel Bronfman, the former president of distiller Joseph E Seagram & Sons. Lambert, who worked with Mies van der Rohe on the Seagram Building, had fears about the height of the Fosters’ scheme and feared the ‘engineering of such a tall, thin building [would be] problematic.’

Chris Connell, a partner at Foster + Partners admitted the tower was very slender but claimed the design had a ‘timeless beauty’ and that the scheme had been considered as part of the wider tableau.

He said: ‘It’s not simply about our new tower, but the composition it creates with one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings. Sitting alongside the dark bronze of the Seagram Building, our tower will have a crisp undulating skin. Its proportions appear impossibly slim and the views will be just incredible,”

Connell added: ‘Simplicity of design is often the hardest thing to achieve, but in a sophisticated market, people appreciate the timeless beauty that comes from it.

‘Our design philosophy has always been holistic, extending from the overall architecture to the quality of individual details – the interiors will blend seamlessly with the exterior approach.’
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‘This 61-storey residential tower at 610 Lexington Avenue continues the practice’s investigations into the nature of the tall building in New York, exploring the dynamic between the city and its skyline. Located on the corner of Lexington and 53rd Street, it replaces the old YWCA building in Midtown Manhattan.

‘Formally, it responds to the precedent set by two neighbouring twentieth-century Modernist icons – SOM’s 21-storey Lever House of 1952 and Mies van der Rohe’s 38-storey Seagram Building of 1958. In the spirit of Mies’s philosophy of rationality, simplicity and clarity, the tower has a slender, minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbours.

‘The entrance is recessed beneath a canopy that sits harmoniously alongside the entrance and pavilion of the Seagram Building. The entry sequence continues on a single plane from the street to reveal a glazed atrium that joins the tower to a smaller building on the right. The smaller building houses a bar and restaurant, a spa and swimming pool, the tower contains lounge areas and apartment levels. From the floor of the atrium, the tower rises up like a soaring vertical blade, the view up creating a sense of drama and reinforcing the connection between the summit and the ground.

‘Some of the larger apartments occupy the entire floor area of the higher levels. The tower’s slender form creates a narrow floor plate, allowing the interior spaces to be flooded with daylight and creating spectacular views across the city from every side. An innovative glazed skin wraps around the building, concealing the structural elements which are further masked beneath integratedshadow boxes. To preserve the smooth appearance of the facade, opening vents in the glazing flap discreetly inwards. The effect is a sheer envelope that shines in brilliant contrast to the dark bronze of the Seagram building.’
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Old March 4th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #184
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The way they describe it sounds a lot more spectacular than the renders look.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #185
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The simplicity and slimness is so elegant. Perfect tower worthy of standing to the Mies classic.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #186
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The way they describe it sounds a lot more spectacular than the renders look.
Really?
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Old March 4th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #187
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New York has some nice supertall projects
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Old March 4th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #188
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Indeed, although I have no idea why you mention that in this thread randomly.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 10:18 PM   #189
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Hey, why not? It's nice to say nice things.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #190
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It would be okay if he said: New York has some nice skyscraper projects.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #191
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The simplicity and slimness is so elegant. Perfect tower worthy of standing to the Mies classic.
Agreed. There's a cool trifecta of squattest to tallest -- Baby Bear (Lever), Mama Bear (Seagram), Papa Bear (610).
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Old March 5th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #192
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maybe a bit too thin compared to its beefy neighbors
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Old March 5th, 2014, 10:24 PM   #193
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^ But it's boxiness will look good next to the setbacks of the Manhattan tower and of course the classics.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #194
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rather uninspiring...
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Old March 6th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #195
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I don't know... it's not a bad looking tower but it doesn't really stand out, looks very conservative. Definitely a plus even if built as is for the area but looks like it could have been better, more bold.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 01:41 PM   #196
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Well the white facade compliments the Citigroup tower and the rectangular shape compliments its surrounding buildings whilst the skinny and sleek proportions help it to stand out and the upwards streaks on the facade also contrast against the mainly horizontal bands of windows of the surrounding towers...

It's very subtly different but still fits in with the surroundings; not every tower has to be iconic and have some wacky design
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Old March 6th, 2014, 10:46 PM   #197
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Well the white facade compliments the Citigroup tower and the rectangular shape compliments its surrounding buildings whilst the skinny and sleek proportions help it to stand out and the upwards streaks on the facade also contrast against the mainly horizontal bands of windows of the surrounding towers...

It's very subtly different but still fits in with the surroundings; not every tower has to be iconic and have some wacky design
It's a very fitting tribute to the Mies masterpiece.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 08:08 AM   #198
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A bit larger:


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